Nairobi Governor Johnson Sakaja broke into tears as he reminisced about his own childhood and the struggles faced by children in Nairobi to attend school.
Speaking at the launch of the Dishi Na County program at Central Kitchen in Roysambu Primary School, the Governor expressed his disappointment that previous county administrations had not intervened to assist underprivileged children who were going hungry.
During the event, which was attended by President William Ruto, Sakaja emphasized that the school feeding program would provide meals to numerous children who had been deprived of food.
“It is disheartening to see children being forced to stay home because they lack the strength to walk to school due to missing a meal, especially in the evening,” Sakaja lamented.
“As a county government, we are committed to ensuring that our children are well-nourished and able to stay in school, enabling them to study and learn without the burden of hunger,” he assured.
While discussing his dedication of resources to the Dishi Na County program, the Governor became visibly emotional, shedding tears for approximately 40 seconds before finding solace.
After wiping away his tears, he acknowledged the deep emotional impact of the daily challenges faced by children in Nairobi and apologized to the Head of State for his display of emotions.
While consoling Sakaja the President said he will do everything humanly possible within his power to end hunger in the country.
“I want to tell my friend Arthur Sakaja Johnson that I feel you. I feel what you feel,” Ruto said.
“And as I said during the campaigns, we must eliminate the shame of hunger in our republic. And we must be intentional, we must be deliberate and have a plan on how to do it.”
In the 2023-24 financial year, under Sakaja’s initiative, school children in public schools and Early Childhood Development Education (ECDE) centers in Nairobi will receive free meals at a cost of Sh5.
To support this endeavor, the governor has allocated Sh1.2 billion per annum to sustain the Dishi na County School Feeding Program.